By Genius Moyo
A health time bomb is ticking at Dingumuzi location in Plumtree town where residents have been surviving with raw sewer spilling on their doorsteps for close to three years, with no permanent solution being proffered by municipal authorities.
The location has become an eye sore due to stagnant waters leaking form burst sewer pipes, a situation which residents say is pausing serious health threats to their lives.
“We have been living in this condition for the past 3 to 4 years and little has been done to address this situation,” said Magret Ngwenya, a resident of the location.
“Even our councilors use this road, they pass by every day and they are aware of what we are going through. We have complained to0 them but nothing has been fixed yet.”
Curiously, the local authority personnel have responded to the situation by pouring a white powdered disinfectant in pools of leaked sewage in an attempt to avoid spreading of diseases.
But residents argued that this was not the best way to address the situation, as the place has become a hub for flies. Those who cook outside using firewood have been distraught by this situation since the leaking sewage flows to their doorsteps.
“We are tired of this as our children can no longer play freely in the neighborhood and especially babies who are crawling we have to restrain them from playing in this mud”, another resident who declined to be named for fear of reprisals said.
Residents have become disillusioned by efforts to engage the local leaders, which have been in vain. Efforts to engage Plumtree Town Council Chairperson Paulos Vini Hobane were fruitless as his number was unreachable.